STRATEGY OF KISS
Begin at hinge, not lipped. Lidded. Outer canthus.
Ascend to eyebrow. A gentle press. Dry.
Arc to lacrimal duct. Don't rush. Laproscopic
The nostril curve. Don't linger.
Earlobe like an artichoke leaf. Savor.
The jawlined jugular. Fingertips can place
Revive for clavicle. Slide
Nipple can be tricked, cajoled. Take between
The inside of elbow to wrist.
Bite middle knuckles, suck each fingertip, exhale
Change your angle. Shoulder blades and sharper tongue.
A railway of vertebrae, the concave links. Ride syncopation,
Two shallow dimples at the small of back, the span
Waist requires geometry and focus. Estimate trajectory
Pace the thigh but take no shortcuts to the ankle.
The calf is no Kansas highway. Horizon,
Skim the metatarsal fan like swallows on a wire.
Strand yourself at toes. Beached. Reach for the water
Repeat it all, reversed.
Not that I'm one to give instructions in the art of love. Once I learned seven new kisses on a first date. The body's capacity for arousal equals its capacity for language—limitless. Read Cixous and Irigaray.